This past August, my dad celebrated his 60th birthday. His celebration was an intimate backyard gathering filled with a whole lot of love. There was a moment when we all went around in a circle and shared something meaningful about the time that we have spent with him. A very dear friend of his shared these kind words: “You are a friend that is deeply woven into the fabric of my heart”. Hearing that struck an enormous chord with me and I couldn’t help but think what a wonderful concept it was to compare your love to a woven piece of fabric. Little did I know just how much meaning this would hold for me in the near future.
We got married in October, and for our wedding gift my mother in law made three quilts. One for me, one for my wife, Kristie, and one for our sweet puppy, Milly. I was completely overwhelmed with emotion, as a quilt is the epitome of a labor of love. When you make a quilt, there are hundreds of different shapes of fabric used to create one final piece. Each piece of fabric is thoughtfully considered, each has a purpose and all of the pieces connect to one another, creating a cozy embrace for whomever’s arms it falls across. To me, a quilt is a wonderful metaphor for a family.
Family no longer encapsulates what tradition has intended the word to mean. Today, your family might have a Mother and a Father, one single parent, two Mothers, two Fathers, or it might very well be that you have decided to create a chosen family, consisting of friends that have become close to your heart.
The reason for this post is because we will soon be celebrating Family Day, a holiday that holds particular meaning for Erin and I. We both share very close relationships with our families and friends, and we are thrilled that you are now joining our sweet peas & succotash family. It’s a good place to be and it is filled with oodles of love! So, wherever you are and whatever your family looks like – we hope that you celebrate your cozy!
Happy Family Day!
By: Contributor Erin Bogle